Trailer Watch: Vexille, Redbelt, The Happening (updated)

This trailer has been out for a long time, but the film hits theaters (in limited release) today: Vexille, a new CG motion capture action flick from Fumihiko Sori (Ping Pong) looks like an improvement on Appleseed (which Sori produced), but the motion capture people still bug me. They look stiff and lifeless, just as they did in the much bigger-budgeted Beowulf. I think this technology needs a lot of work before I’ll be able to properly immerse myself in any story conveyed with it, but if you liked Beowulf or Appleseed, you may enjoy it; the story seems to have been sort of well-received. See it at YouTube, where you can also find a ten-minute preview of the film (albeit in Japanese, no subtitles).

Chiwetel EjioforChiwetel Ejiofor (American Gangster, Talk to Me, Children of Men, Serenity) steps out into his first major leading role, after a string of fantastic supporting roles, in David Mamet’s Redbelt, the trailer for which is supposedly up at Moviefone. The film, as IMDB sums it up, concerns a "mixed-martial arts instructor (who) refuses to participate in prize bouts, (but) circumstances conspire to force him to consider entering such a competition."

I’m interested in this because of Ejiofor, but Mamet’s films are hit and miss with me; he’s sometimes really good (State and Main, The Spanish Prisoner), sometimes insufferable (Heist), but this one looks like it’ll be good, not the least of which because of its terrific cast. The film goes into limited release on April 25, 2008. Tim Allen, Alice Braga (I Am Legend) and Emily Mortimer (Lars and the Real Girl) co-star. 

UPDATE (2/15 8:54 AM):  Cineplex Entertainment has a new trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s The HappeningThis is a different one from the one that was leaked and quickly yanked last week (although you can see it at The Happening Trailer blog). It’s better, because you get a (slightly) clearer sense of what the film is actually about, but when a supposed high school science teacher (Mark Wahlberg) says something as obnoxiously stupid as, "Science will come up with some reason to put in the books, but in the end, it’ll be just a theory. We will fail to acknowledge that there are forces at work beyond our understanding," I get a little skeptical about how intelligent a movie’s script is, not matter how creepy-ominous the trailer may be. The Happening happens on June 13, 2008. I wish Shyamalan would take a break from directing his own scripts.




Posted on February 14, 2008 at 13:05 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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  1. Written by MC
    on 2008-02-14 at 13:31

    Tim Allen and David Mamet… wow, that makes my brain hurt.

  2. Written by Joe
    on 2008-02-14 at 15:26

    Oh come on – Heist is good fun. :D Every line int hat movie though is totally like “a line”. People don’t talk like that, but I think Mammet knows that. It’s a real “movie” movie, you know?

    I’m excited abotu this though ebcause I really enjoy Mammet and I really loved MMA. Should be fun.

  3. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-14 at 15:40

    That’s exactly what I didn’t like about it. Sometimes his stilted dialogue works for me; that time, it really, really didn’t. It’s been too long for me to remember anything really specific, though.

  4. Written by Pete
    on 2008-02-15 at 11:42

    Ditto on M. Night directing something he didn’t write.

  5. Written by Gordon McAlpin
    on 2008-02-15 at 12:33

    Even if he were to just adapt a book, it would be better than the crap plots he’s been coming up with! He should never have dropped out of the (now-dead?) Life of Pi adaptation. He could have done that well, I think.

  6. Written by Pete
    on 2008-02-15 at 22:53

    Wasn’t he supposed to direct a live action version on that Avatar show on Nickelodeon?

  7. Written by watch movies
    on 2008-09-26 at 04:06

    Now, watching movies in China on the big screen at a theatre or cinema (as opposed to watching it off a bootleg DVD) is still relatively expensive for most locals. On average, it costs 70- 80 RMB per ticket, comparable to American box office ticket prices of 9- 10 USD. Given that necessities like a filling meal can be had for under 10 RMB and the average monthly income (in Shanghai) is still 2000- 3000 RMB, watching the latest screening is an exorbitant luxury. Therefore, as you can imagine, the cinemas here aren’ …

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